Casa de Luz: A Special Partnership



Casa de Luz

How do you take care of your children while you work? Robin Basselin and Ryan Geertsma look at a partnership that cares for children and working parents in Primo Tapio, Mexico.

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Welcome to Spotlight. I'm Robin Basselin.

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And I'm Ryan Geertsma. Spotlight uses a special English method of broadcasting. It is easier for people to understand, no matter where in the world they live.

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All parents know what it feels like to worry about their children. Parents try to choose what is best for their children. But in very poor communities, there are often few choices. Aricelli Gonzalez lives in Primo Tapio in the country of Mexico. She lived in a very difficult situation. When she was seven, she left school. She began working on a farm to help support her family. Then, Gonzalez married at a young age. She had 6 children. But Gonzalez’s husband left their family.

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Gonzalez did not have money for child care. So she had two choices. She could place her children in government care. They would live full time in a government childrens’ home. Or she could leave her young children at home alone while she worked. Gonzalez felt there was no good answer. She told people from La Hermosa Church,

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“It is very hard to move forward with my 6 children. I want to give my children an education for a better future.”

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Through La Hermosa church, Gonzalez learned about a third choice: Casa de Luz. Casa de Luz offers parents in Primo Tapio a better choice for their children. Today's Spotlight is on the story of Casa de Luz and the special partnership that makes it possible.

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Daniel and Aleyda Aguinaga are the pastors of La Hermosa church. For years, they have led this small church in the poor community of Primo Tapio. Daniel and Aleyda knew they wanted to help change the situation of parents like Aricelli Gonzalez. But, it would take time. They were a small church. And Primo Tapio was a community with few resources. So, they waited.

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At the same time, La Hermosa Church was building a relationship with another church. This church was called the Abbotsford Vineyard. And it was thousands of kilometers away in the city of Abbotsford, Canada. For many years, members of the Abbotsford church had been visiting La Hermosa Church in Mexico. The Abbotsford church was very large. Often, when members of the Abbotsford church visited Mexico, they would help build homes or complete other work projects. Over the years, La Hermosa and Abbotsford Vineyard developed a special connection or relationship. During these travels, the people of Abbotsford Vineyard and La Hermosa became friends. They spent time together. They learned about each other’s culture.  And they shared about their Christian faith.

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After many years, the two churches believed that God wanted them to do something special together. By 2007, the churches decided to form a partnership. They wanted to work together to serve the community of Primo Tapio.

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The pastors of La Hermosa Church shared their idea with the Abbotsford church. Daniel and Aleyda Aguinaga explained how they wanted to help parents like Aricelli Gonzalez. They saw single parents like Gonzalez every day. And they wanted to provide another choice for these parents. They wanted these loving parents to be able to keep their children out of the government system. But they also wanted to help them to work and support their families. La Hermosa church had a dream to build an outreach centre. The centre would provide a safe and loving environment for children when their parents needed to work. They also hoped to provide food for families in need. They even dreamed of providing small loans for businesses and continued education.

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For two years, members of both churches met together. They visited each others' countries. They prayed together. They listened to each other. After this time, the two churches decided to join together to create Casa de Luz.  Casa de Luz means "House of Light."  And that was the two churches’ goal - to be a house of light for the children and parents in Primo Tapio.

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Starting Casa de Luz took a lot of work. Everyone sacrificed. The people of Abbotsford Vineyard spent a lot of time connecting with businesses in Canada. They collected money from these businesses, from church members and community leaders.

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The people of La Hermosa church also gave money to the Casa de Luz project. And women from the church give their time to run Casa de Luz. Many of the women wake at 5 in the morning to spend time with the children. And they stay and serve for many hours each day.

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When the two churches built the Casa de Luz centre, they did it together. Both churches gave time and money. On one Sunday morning, people from La Hermosa came to church carrying huge pieces of building material on their backs. They carried them all the way to church. These materials were expensive for them. But it was part of their gift to build Casa de Luz.

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Today, Casa de Luz is finished, and it is serving the community.  Because of these two churches, Aricelli Gonzalez does not have to leave her young children alone. Her older children are able to stay in school. She can work and support her family. And if she chooses, she will be able to finish her education. This is possible through the help of Casa de Luz.

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In 2012, Casa de Luz supported almost 100 children. Twenty parents are finishing high school through Casa de Luz's education program. Casa de Luz also has a program to help families who want to buy their own home.

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Together, the two churches have done much more than they could have done alone. Their shared time, resources and dreams have created amazing results. And they have big dreams for the future. But they also believe it is very important to give thanks for what has already happened.

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So, every year, the members of La Hermosa church and the Abbotsford church have a party. They celebrate what God has been doing through Casa de Luz. At the party, they share a meal. But they also share a part of their culture.  First, they play a game of hockey - Canada's national sport. And the Canadians usually win! Then, they play a game of football – Mexico’s favorite sport. And the Mexicans usually win! But no matter who wins the game, they give thanks for their partnership. It is this is the kind of connection - across cultures - that makes Casa de Luz possible. And through the work of Casa de Luz, everybody wins!

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The writer of this program was Jennifer Hawkins. The producer was Michio Ozaki. The voices you heard were from the United States. All quotes were adapted and voiced by Spotlight. You can listen to this program again, and read it, on the internet at www.radioenglish.net. This program is called, "Casa de Luz: A Special Partnership."

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We hope you will join us again for the next Spotlight program.  Goodbye!

Question:

How do you take care of your children while you work?

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kieuoanh231
said on December 03, 2013

Congratulating Casa de Luz on what they did for community! Thanks to La Hermosa Church and the Abbotsford church because of their attemp to contribute Casa de Luz!

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paulo15cavo
said on December 20, 2015

thank you spotlight for marvelous program GOD bless you